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Sylvester Stallone in The ExpendablesWe knew that a movie starring the biggest action heroes of the last 30 years would be tough - but for Sylvester Stallone it got a little too tough when he broke his neck while filming a fight scene.

The 63-year-old actor was shooting a brawl with wrestling co-star, Stone Cold Steve Austin, but it turned out to be more realistic than hoped when Stallone ended up with a hairline fracture in his neck. Sylvester Stallone in The ExpendablesWe knew that a movie starring the biggest action heroes of the last 30 years would be tough - but for Sylvester Stallone it got a little too tough when he broke his neck while filming a fight scene.

The 63-year-old actor was shooting a brawl with wrestling co-star, Stone Cold Steve Austin, but it turned out to be more realistic than hoped when Stallone ended up with a hairline fracture in his neck.

Sly revealed to FHM magazine: 'Man, it was seven guys, kicking each other's ass, one guy tougher than the next. No joke, our stunt guys were begging for mercy. Actually, my fight with Stone Cold Steve Austin was so vicious that I ended up getting a hairline fracture in my neck. I'm not joking."

He also added: "I haven't told anyone this, but I had to have a very serious operation afterwards. I now have a metal plate in my neck."

The movie - which also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li and Jason Statham - centres around a team of mercenaries who head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator.

The Expendables explodes into cinemas on 20 August. Watch the trailer now...